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Crossing a bridge

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:59 pm
by Giogames
Hy guys,
we are playing "the fight at Eisdorf 1813" scenario.
We have a question about crossing a bridge.
How do you consider the infantry unit?
a) in column of march and if it is engaged in combat, disordered.
b) in platoon column and if is engaged in combat, disordered.
c) in platoon column without penalty if engaged.
d) in attack column without penalty if engaged.

For me crossing a bridge in attack column (about 50 mt wide) it's not real...in platoon column is more plausible...without penalty if engaged (c).
What do you think?
Thanks
gio

Re: Crossing a bridge

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:27 pm
by Zippee
It's been a while since I did a river crossing game but I think we usually do it as disordered until completely clear of the bridge/river but allowing an assault in any formation except line. Assuming much of close combat is actually short range musketry, you essentially need to force the enemy back to allow room to cross and deploy.

I also think we disallowed flank supports as irrelevant, but allowed rear support and really you want every battery you can scrounge as well.

Really crossing the bridge under fire is more like an aggressive formation change than it is about how many files the bridge can take. Our ground scale scenery is not that precise.

If you really want a head scratcher try Montebello where there's a bridge in the town. . .